This 2017, the annual Farm Aid charity concert is announced to take place in KeyBank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Western Pennsylvania on September 16. The said benefit concert was first held in Pennsylvania way back 2002, although it operated under a different name at that time. The purpose of the event is generally to raise funds to support the objectives of the foundation in assisting local family farmers. The concert also aims to protect and aid family farmers over corporate agriculture. Last year’s Farm Aid concert was held at Jiffy Lube Live in Washington D.C. and has raised $1.1 million for family farmers.

Farm Aid 2017: An All-Star Concert

The 84-year-old country music legend Willie Nelson and his fellow Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young, bring together artists and musicians every year to raise money for activities designed to help local family farmers in different parts of the United States. Performers for this year’s festival include the original Farm Aid board members alongside with special participation of Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Valerie June and Insects vs Robots.

The tickets for the musical festival range to $49.50 to $199.50 and will go on a sale to the public on June 23, 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com. The limited number of tickets are now available and can be bought to all ticketing outlets.

Farm Aid festival returns to Pennsylvania for a good cause

Farm Aid made its first Pennsylvania concert at the Burgettstown amphitheater way back 2002 and had its second concert to perform Hershey in 2012.

Willie Nelson and his co-organizers decided to bring the festival back to western Pennsylvania this year where local farms in the area have contributed a lot to the country's economy. Western Pennsylvania is popularly known to have a vast area of farms compared to other states in U.S.

"Family farm agriculture is the core of Western Pennsylvania," Neil Young said in one of his interviews. Farm Aid founders believe that small family farmers help in connecting people and strengthen the community.

According to Rolling Stone, the event also gives an opportunity for the local farmers to sell their harvests and teach the festival participants on farming practices. Ever since Willie Nelson started the festival, it has raised already more than fifty million to help and support small-time farmers all over the United States.

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